Around the Web 07/31/16

Part of becoming a better poet is reading poetry and a lot of it. Today we take a look at what some other poets from around the web have to offer.

Poetry by E. Anton Gray: “Ode to Social Media” – This is probably the most accurate description of social media I have seen, and it is surely the best poem about social media I have read as well. It is written in ABAB rhyme.

tumbled dried” – A short but still yet sensual poem written by Singledust.

Beyond Words” – Kevin Brown takes a look at what love is and how we try to quantify it with needless words and actions.

If I Were Young Again” – The title says it all, really. Michael Lee Johnson takes a look at what he would do if he were a young lad, but what the title doesn’t state is that the author uses imagery to almost perfection.

Mad Love” – This is a look at love from bipolar quirky poet Nicole Moncada.

Meandering” – Gregory T. Janetka gives a unique look about what I consider life in general.

Releases

Mortal- Poetry book by Veronica Aldous – Veronica Aldous released a new poetry book titled “Mortal”. The book is released with the price of £9.99 and features poetry from a variety of genres.

Book Reviews

Book Review — Song of Myself: With a Complete Commentary – Evilcyclist takes a look at the beloved book by Walt Whitman.

The Poetry of Christina Strigas – Nick Trandahl gives praise to the Greek-Canadian poetess and her books.

Practicing this exercise will make you more confident in your creative work – Maja (Business in Rhyme) talks about how using our beliefs can help us be more confident have better results.

Poetry Types: Discover These 50 Intriguing Styles

Whether you are searching for a new type of poem to write or doing research for a critique, you will find this list quite useful and informative. I gathered a list of over fifty different poetry types for your viewing pleasure. I will be adding to this list whenever I find something new.

ABC

Consists of five lines. Lines 1 to 4 are made up of words, phrases, or clauses with the first letter of each line in alphabetical order. Line 5 is one sentence long and may start with any letter.

Acrostic

Consists of any number of lines which spell a word or message. Usually the message is formed from the first letter of the phrase, but may be any letter. Continue Reading

Clerihew: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

I have mentioned Clerihew a few times on this blog and I even made an entire theme of Bright Dreams Journal of the genre, but what exactly is it and what does it accomplish?

First and foremost, yes, poetry has to accomplish something. It does not matter what. Entertainment, persuasion, and information are the most common. For Clerihew, entertainment is the most obvious choice. However, using Clerihew as a way to give information about people can also be a great way to help children remember important historical figures. Continue Reading

Sensory Use of Elements for Imagery in Poetry

Over the past thirty years, poets have begun putting much emphasis on imagery. This is not to say imagery wasn’t important in the past, look at haiku’s popularity. Nonetheless, imagery has expanded so much that it virtually is the poem. Poets have recently spent their entire writing describing actions, scenery, and objects. It’s an interesting phenomenon and has brought about great works of art in the process. These poets are known as “imagists.” However, you don’t need to be an imagist in order to use at least some imagery in poetry. Actually, all poems should have at least a minuscule. It may be added through similes, metaphors, simple to complex descriptions, personification, hyperbole, and use of concrete words. Continue Reading

20 Poetry Topics with Over 100 Poetry Writing Prompts

Sometimes we hit a brick-wall when brainstorming for our next poetry topic. When this happens, its good to have another person’s suggestions. These suggestions are often referred to as writing prompts. Below you’ll find a list of poetry prompts on a variety of subjects. Feel free to change them as much or as little as you’d like.

Poetry Writing Prompts

1. An elderly couple has been married for 50 years. Suddenly, the wife passes away.
2. What was the beauty of the ocean the first time you saw it?
3. What is the sound of your house at night during a rainstorm?
4. What was the feeling you had the first time you fell in love?
5. Describe the fly that buzzes around your head on a hot and humid summer afternoon.
6. What are your feelings when you watch the sunset with the person you care about most?
7. Describe the buzzing sound in your ears after a screech.
8. Describe the screech of the chalkboard.
9. Describe the feeling of longing for something you can’t have.

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How to Write Poetry: 7 Steps for Beginners

Are you new to writing poetry or do you simply wish to become a better writer? The steps outlined below are designed for beginners in mind. Be sure to follow the steps to the letter. Once you become a more advanced writer you may wish to change the order up a bit, add your own steps, or possibly even forgo the steps all-together. However, I personally feel that following a routine is the best way to get the creative juices going and to formulate a poem.

Anyway, enough jibber-jabber. Below is a list of seven steps beginners can follow to write their first poem. Continue Reading

18 Tips to Help You Write Better Poetry

Every poet strives to be better. I’m no different. I continue to read poetry,refresh myself n the elements, and read tips from great authors as much as possible.

I have gathered a list of 18 points to follow when writing poetry.

1. Your poem should have a goal

It can be to persuade, promote, discuss, or entertain. It’s up to you. You simply need to keep the goal in mind when you write your poem. Continue Reading